Business organisations

Getting in touch with other members of the local business community can help you grow and develop your business. Whether you meet people from other business sectors, or within your own industry, networking can provide advice, support and useful contacts. Your local borough or district council may also provide advice and support.

Government resources for businesses

Businesses and self-employed – GOV.UK
The government’s online resource for businesses contains essential information and tools for start-ups and large organisations.

Chambers of commerce

The Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex (ACES)
Linking together all the Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors in East Sussex.

Sussex Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce for the whole of Sussex.

Battle Chamber of Commerce

Bexhill Chamber of Commerce and Tourism

Crowborough and District Chamber of Commerce

Eastbourne and District Chamber of Commerce

Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce

Heathfield Chamber of Commerce

Lewes Chamber of Commerce

Newhaven Chamber of Commerce

Peacehaven and District Chamber of Commerce

Rye and District Chamber of Commerce

Seaford Chamber of Commerce

Uckfield Chamber of Commerce

Enterprise organisations

South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP)
Businesses, local government and other key organisations from East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock are part a Local Enterprise Partnership working to help business to grow and to create new jobs.

Not-for-profit enterprise agency providing confidential and impartial business advice.

Federation of Small Businesses
Lobbying and benefits group for small firms and self-employed people.

Let’s Do Business Group
Business training and support in Sussex, Kent and Surrey.

Wealden Business Help
Advice and help for businesses in Wealden.

Business support and mentoring

Growth Accelerator
Growth Accelerator is a business-support service led by some of the country’s most successful growth specialists. The BIS-funded coaching & training programme is aimed at high growth businesses where you’ll find new connections, new routes to investment and new ideas and strategies to enable you to take the critical steps to achieve your next phase of growth.

Link to Growth Accelerator flyer

Enterprise Europe Network (South East)
The Enterprise Europe Network helps local companies do better business with Europe by offering trading advice, linking with partners to co-develop technology, or helping find like-minded innovators to join your funding bid. The EU funded programme is aimed at SMEs who need support to trade internationally (Import and Export).

Link to Enterprise Europe Network flyer

Wired Sussex
Mentoring schemes for digital, media and technology companies.

Skills Funding Agency
Training is an important way to develop your workforce. Get information about training opportunities available.

Helping Business to Innovate
The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) can provide bespoke technical support for UK industry to help overcome barriers to innovation through its Technology Innovation Fund (TIF). Subsidised support is available for SMEs and MSBs within the TIF programme, which works by giving companies access to NPL expertise through bespoke advice surgeries, consultancy and research clubs.

Locate East Sussex
Locate East Sussex supports growing businesses in East Sussex and provides assistance with location decisions and access to funding to accelerate growth as well as providing valuable connections to local planning and economic development teams. Locate East Sussex contributes to the creation of a more desirable environment for the growth of new and existing businesses throughout the county, as well as promoting inward business migration. Locate East Sussex offers clear and impartial advice at no cost to businesses that seek its support. Address: Summerfields Business Centre, Bohemia Road, Hastings, TN34 1UTT. Phone number: 0844 4159255

Sector networking

1066 members
The 1066 Country Marketing partnership is committed to helping tourism businesses through joint marketing campaigns, website content, working with the travel trade and networking events.

Arts & Business
A not-for-profit organisation that promotes and facilitates networking between business and the arts.

First Friday Lewes
Informal networking events for businesses in Lewes. They take place on the first Friday of every month.

Build East Sussex
Opportunities in construction for suppliers, subcontractors and jobseekers, matching buisinesses with buyers. Registration required.

West Kent Networking
A support and business contact network which includes East Sussex. Free membership.

Borough and district councils

Eastbourne Borough Council – Business

Hastings Borough Council – Business

Lewes District Council – Business and Tourism

Rother District Council – Business

Wealden District Council – Business

Contracts and procurement

Doing business with us
How to tender for contracts with East Sussex County Council.

South East Business Portal
Main website for contracts and tendering opportunities with councils and fire and rescue services in the south east.

Tenders Electronic Daily (TED)
Free access to business opportunities, with procurement notices from across Europe.

Export forums

The National Export System for export declarations
If you are an exporter then you must use the National Export System to declare your exports to countries outside the EU.

UK Trade & Investment
Government organisation that supports companies in the UK doing business internationally and overseas enterprises seeking to set up or expand in the UK.